Senator Tom Umberg (D – Orange County). Photo: Lorie Shelley

The legislature threatens to temporarily revoke the power of the public prosecutor’s office to levy license fees after a critical decision exam Despite the agency’s plans to reduce the number, the backlog of unsolved disciplinary cases has grown.

A bill by Senate Judiciary Chairman Tom Umberg, D-Santa Ana, would maintain the fee collection ban until the Senate approves the Bar Association’s election for the Chief Trial Counsel, the executive position that oversees disciplinary action. The job has been vacant since 2018 when the choice of bar, Steven Moawad, backed up his nomination.